Sunday, June 19, 2011

Ladner Community Garden Grand Opening

What an exciting day we all had yesterday!

The Ladner Community Garden was officially opened by Her Worship, Mayor Lois Jackson. I have to thank the staff of Parks,Recreation and Culture for all the hard work that went in to setting up for this event. They were at the site at 8am making coffee,blowing up balloons and putting tents up to keep us all dry. Yes, Mother Nature decided it was time for a bit of rain but it didn't dampen our spirits.

Councillor Robert Campbell also made a short speech about the garden.It sure is wonderful to be partners with the Corporation of Delta.

I got up to say a few words. Needless to say I was a bit emotional. The volunteers have done so much in such a short time. They are so wonderful. Over the last month, one family has exemplified the word community and volunteerism. I had to thank them for all their help.

Bonnie and her father, Don, have gone the extra mile. They have cut the grass, loaned us a generator when we needed power and even brought us a tent when it rained. That is just a few of the things they have done for us and Don doesn't have an allotment at the garden. They love their neighbourhood and show it everyday.

After our speeches were done it was time to cut the ribbon. The children loved being part of this as we anxiously waited to be told when we could cut the ribbon. They could hardly wait.

Mayor Lois Jackson declares the Ladner Community Garden officially open!

We all took a turn cutting the cake. It was delicious! From left to right, Councillors Anne Peterson, Heather King, Robert Campbell and Mayor Lois Jackson and Kristin Crouch.

We mingled around and chatted and made new friends. Thanks to all of who came despite the rain. The children got busy dabbling in rock painting to create their favorite bugs and some had their faces painted. The music by Ladner Guitar was fabulous. I cant wait to hear them again.

The gardens looked so fresh with the rain that they really needed. Yes, I admit, it was nice to have a day that I didnt have to water.
Thanks goes to my board members, Sharon Hagel, Michele Wilson, Don Bruchet and Lynn Dick for all their hard work.
Thanks to Mark Mcdonald who took all these photos. I was so busy I only took eight photos. For another great story, check out Marks website at Garden Wisdom.


  1. Nice going Bonnie and Don. It's folks like you that make Ladner a great place to live!

  2. Thanks to the committee that got this garden going, and the folks that got it growing! We've been in this neighbourhood for over 40 yeras and this is such a positive project. Atleast 4 of our neighbours have allotments too. We are pleased to be a small part of this forward-thinking group. The conversations flow :-)
    Bonnie & (my Dad) Don